Goddard, Robert H.
1882 - 1945

April 2013

Compiled by Bibliography Branch
Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
Maxwell AFB, AL


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Internet Resources

ALLSTAR Network.  Dr. Robert H. Goddard. 
Available online at: http://www.allstar.fiu.edu/aero/goddard.htm

Banks, Phyllis Eileen.  Robert H. Goddard, Space Pioneer. 
Available online at: http://southernnewmexico.com/Articles/People/RobertH.Goddardspacepione.html

Clark University.  Archives and Special Collections: Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard Digital Collection. 
Available online at: http://robertgoddard.clarku.edu/
"This collection includes over 48,000 scans of documents created by or about Dr. Robert H. Goddard, the father of modern rocketry."--Website.

Clark University.  Robert Hutchings Goddard Biographical Note. 
Available online at: http://www.clarku.edu/research/archives/goddard/bio_note.cfm
An outline of Dr. Robert Goddard's life, from his birth in Worcester, through his various rocket experiments, and ending with burial in Hope Cemetery.

eNotes.  Goddard, Robert H. (1882-1945). 
Available online at: http://www.enotes.com/robert-h-goddard-reference/robert-h-goddard

International Space Hall of Fame.  Robert H. Goddard. 
Available online at: http://www.nmspacemuseum.org/halloffame/detail.php?id=11
"Robert H. Goddard USA inducted in 1976. ...The Father of Modern Rocketry; launched the world's first liquid-fueled rocket."--Website.

NASA.  Dr. Robert H. Goddard, American Rocketry Pioneer. 
Available online at: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/about/history/dr_goddard.html

National Air and Space Museum.  Milestones of Flight: Goddard Rockets. 
Available online at: http://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/gal100/goddard.htm

National Museum of the U. S. Air Force.  Factsheets: Dr. Robert H. Goddard. 
Available online at: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=12374

Sagan, Carl.  Cosmos: A Personal Voyage - Episode 5 "Blues for a Red Planet". 
Available online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EptcfnrwM1g
Watch a five-minute biography of Richard H. Goddard in Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, it starts at the 17 min. mark.

Smithsonian Institute of Archives.  Robert H. Goddard: American Rocket Pioneer. 
Available online at: http://siarchives.si.edu/history/exhibits/stories/robert-h-goddard-american-rocket-pioneer
Additional information on the left navigation bar.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  About Robert H. Goddard. 
Available online at: http://www.wpi.edu/about/history/goddard/about.html
Additional information on the left navigation bar.


Baker, David.  The Rocket: The History and Development of Rocket & Missile Technology.  New York, Crown, 1978.  276 p.
Book call no.: 629.13338 B167r

Dewey, Anne Perkins.  Robert Goddard, Space Pioneer.  Boston, Little, Brown, 1962.  154 p.
Book call no.: 92 G578d

Erickson, Mark.  Into the Unknown Together: The DOD, NASA, and Early Spaceflight.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air University Press, 2005.  667 p.
Refer to pp 3, 526, 533 for Goddard.
Also available online at:
Book call no.: 629.4500973 E68i

Goddard, Robert Hutchings.  The Papers of Robert H. Goddard.  Including the Reports to the Smithsonian Institution and the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation.  New York, McGraw-Hill, 1970.  3 vols.
Book call no.: 92 G578p

Goddard, Robert Hutchings.  Rockets.  New York, American Rocket Society, 1946.  69 p.
A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes and Liquid-Propellant Rocket Development are reproduced as originally published by the Smithsonian Institution in 1919 and 1936 respectively, with a new foreword by the author.
Book call no.: 629.13338 G578ro

Hunley, J. D.  Preludes to U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology: Goddard Rockets to Minuteman III.  Gainesville, FL, University Press of Florida, 2008.  468 p.
"Hunley discusses individual innovations, technology transfer, management systems, and the organizations that were involved in the research and development of a wide range of rockets and missiles, including the German V-2, Redstone, Atlas, Thor, Jupiter, Titan I and II, and Polaris."--Book jacket.
Book call no.: 629.470973 H937p

Lehman, Milton.  This High Man; the Life of Robert H. Goddard, with a Preface by Charles A. Lindbergh.  New York, Farrar, Straus, 1963.  430 p.
Book call no.: 92 G578L

Rast, Vicki J.  The Air University Pantheon of Air, Space, and Cyberspace Power Thinkers.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air University Press, 2009.  110 p.
Goddard, refer to pp 28-35.
Also available online at:
Book call no.: 358.400973 R229a

United States.  Congress.  Senate.  Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences.  Congressional Recognition of Goddard Rocket and Space Museum, Roswell, New Mexico, With Tributes to Dr. Robert H. Goddard, Space Pioneer, 1882-1945.  Washington, U.S. GPO, 1970.  101 p. (91st Congress, 2nd session.  Senate document no. 91-71)
Book call no.: 92 G578u


Blastoff.  Aircraft Accident and Maintenance Review  14:9-10  October 1959.

Cox, Donald.  The First American Rocket Pioneer (Dr. Robert H. Goddard).  Space Age  1:11-13  May 1959.

Crouch, Tom D.  Reaching Toward Space.  Smithsonian  31:38-40  February 2001.
Also available online at:

Emme, Eugene M.  Yesterday's Dream, Today's Reality:  Biographical Sketch of the American Rocket Pioneer, Dr. Robert H. Goddard.  Air Power Historian  7:216-221  October 1960.

Forgotten Professor (Robert H. Goddard).  Data  5:16-17  March 1960.

Greenwood, William M.  Dr.  Robert Goddard, American's Pioneer of Liquid-Fueled Rockets for Space Exploration.  Ordnance  44:59-60  July-August 1959.

Hall, Richard.  A Trail to Space.  Bee-Hive  33:2-7  Spring 1958.

Hersey, Irwin.  ARS Goddard Memorial Dedicated.  Astronautics  5:34+  September 1960.

Hersey, Irwin.  It's a Goddard Year.  Astronautics  4:37+  June 1959.

Hull, Richard.  Goddard Blazed the Moon Trail.  Royal Air Force Flying Review  14:35-36+  November 1958.

Hunley, J D.  The Enigma of Robert H. Goddard.  Technology and Culture  36:327-350  April 1995.
"Though Robert H. Goddard has been viewed by many as the 'father of modern rocketry,' others have downplayed his contributions to the field.  Goddard should be recognized for his contributions to rocketry."--Abstract.

Jennings, Ralph E.  Father of Rocketry (Robert Hutchings Goddard).  Space Journal  1:5-9  Spring 1958.

Robert H. Goddard:  An Autobiography.  Astronautics  4, pt 1:24-27+  April 1959.

Thompson, G.V.E.  Goddard:  Father of Modern Rocketry.  Spaceflight  1:61-63  January 1957.

Von Braun Tribute to Goddard.  Astronautics  4:36+  June 1959. 

Watson, Russell and Barry, John.  Rockets.  Newsweek  130:64-65  Winter 1997-1998.
"Scientists involved in rocket innovation; Robert Goddard; Konstantin Tsiolkovsky."--Abstract.
Refer to para. 4.
Also available online at:


The Rocket Men: Robert Goddard and the Adventure of Space Exploration.  Thousand Oaks, CA, Goldhil Home Media International, 1994.  1 videocassette, 60 min.
"The story of Robert Goddard and the other scientific visionaries who developed the powerful rockets that play an important role in space exploration."--Abstract.
Video call no.: 629.41 R682

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